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The Artistocratic Taste for Sport among Swedish Sport Researchers
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Sport Sciences Center. (History and education)
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, ISSN 2000-088X, E-ISSN 2000-088X, Vol. 8, 1-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The cultural-scientific capital of sports researchers turns them into important arbiters of what is to count as a legitimate understanding of modern sport, and what is to be considered good and bad in sport. Drawing on the extensive work of Swedish sports researchers in social sciences and humanities between 1970 and 2010, the aim of this paper is to present a succinct view of how modern sport is portrayed in this intellectual milieu. The aim is to find out what its ascribed characteristics and essential values are, and then to contextualize this understanding socially and historically. The theoretical point of departure is the French cultural sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's writings on social classes and their different tastes for sport. Bourdieu's views on upper-class cultural fractions, which in his view includes university teachers and researchers, and their aristocratic attitude towards physical activity is of particular interest. This attitude includes a general distaste for win-at-all-cost – 'serious' – competitions, and a specific distaste for sports with a pronounced element of bodily contact such as boxing and football (soccer). According to the analysis presented here, this has also become the mainstream attitude among contemporary sport researchers in Sweden. The competition-critical discourse that is pronounced among Swedish researchers has one root in the general left-wing critique of the competitive market society prevalent in the 1970s, and another in specifically pedagogical ideas which claim that playful learning processes are always the most efficacious.

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Malmö: Idrottsvetenskap, Malmö högskola , 2017. Vol. 8, 1-27 p.
Keyword [en]
competitive sport, modern sport, play, physical acitivity, Swedish sport researchers, taste for sport, aristocratic taste
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History Educational Sciences Sport and Fitness Sciences
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History; history of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-132090DiVA: diva2:1078184
Available from: 2017-03-02 Created: 2017-03-02 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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